Paralympic Games
24 August - 5 September 2021

Rangers fan Reid celebrates 'Old Firm' and wheelchair tennis semi-final double

Reid paraded his Rio 2016 gold and silver medals at Rangers’ Ibrox Stadium in front of 50,000 fans 31 Aug 2021
Gordon Reid in action with Alfie Hewett just behind him
Reid the Rangers fan
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It has been a nerve-racking few days for Great Britain wheelchair tennis player Gordon Reid.

On Sunday (August 29) his beloved Glasgow Rangers were in action against city rivals Celtic – a ‘derby’ football match traditionally known as the Old Firm. Luckily for mega-fan Reid, he was able to celebrate a 1-0 win.

On Tuesday (August 31), Reid and partner Alfie Hewett reached the final of the men’s doubles at the Ariake Tennis Park, knocking out home pair Shingo Kunieda and Takashi Sanada 6-2, 6-1.

“It's been a good week for me so far, and I need to apologise to the people in the apartments next to me,” Reid said.

"I think I woke them up when they (Rangers) scored their goal. But, yeah, another one for the good guys. So far so good.”

Reid paraded his Rio 2016 Paralympic Games gold and silver medals at Rangers’ Ibrox Stadium in front of a packed crowd.

“They invited me along. And when you have 50,000 people in the stands cheering you it is always a nice feeling. We'll see if that happens again, but that's in the future. We're going to focus on the present now.”

When asked whether he would swap one of his Paralympic medals for Rangers winning the Champions League, he laughed: “Maybe if I get a couple more, maybe one of them may go. But it’s a tough, tough call. I'll tell you the answer at the end of the week.”